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Improvements, renovations underway on campus as Southern Seminary approaches sesquicentennial
December 1, 2008
By Garrett E. Wishall

Construction is progressing at several points on campus, as The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to serve the institution's students, faculty, staff and guests with excellence.

The dome is now in place on the Welcome Pavilion, a new 14,000 square-foot facility at the front of the seminary that will house admissions and campus security.

Andy Vincent, associate vice president for auxiliary enterprises, said the Pavilion remains on schedule for an April 1 completion.

"By the time classes resume in January, much of the brick will be visible and we will be within a few months of completion," he said. "It was exciting to see the crowd that gathered for the dome setting ceremony and witness all the signatures added to the building. It will be a stunning addition to campus, providing a much-needed and clear destination to welcome our guests."

Founders' Café is undergoing renovations and being expanded and will re-open Jan. 20, 2009. Vincent said Founders' would triple in size, opening to the adjacent room on the first floor and connecting with a spiral staircase to the room above. Founders' will also offer expanded menus and a coffee bar, Vincent said.

The seating area across from Founders' is being transformed and will also re-open Jan. 20, 2009, as Edgar's, a new men's emporium. Vincent said Edgar's would offer men's formal wear, including dress pants and shirts, ties and jackets, as well as leather portfolios, journals, bags and pens. Southern is also partnering with a local salon to offer barber's service in Edgar's.

LifeWay Christian Resources is partnering with the seminary to update the south lobby of the Honeycutt Campus Center. The LifeWay Campus Store will feature a new storefront
— matching the 5th & Broadway storefront — and new flooring.

LifeWay will also update the interior of its store during the spring semester. The south lobby will remain open throughout this construction.

While Founders' is closed, Sunergos coffee, a la carte pastries and a deli bar will be available in the cafeteria from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Different hours will apply during the Christmas and New Year holidays and the salad, deli and hot food bars will remain on the current cafeteria schedule throughout the construction.

As these projects begin, and construction on the Welcome Pavilion continues, Vincent asked the seminary community to be mindful of the construction staff. Vincent said the crew is working hard to ensure a safe environment and he asked people to honor all temporary walls and markers that restrict access to work areas.

The Welcome Pavilion will also feature a welcome desk and small theater with a looping video. The campus security offices will be located on the lower level, while admissions offices will be housed on the main level.

For further questions on construction progress, call or email .


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